Wimbish Passivhaus project secures Government funding for in-depth study

25/03/2011
25 March 2011 Wimbish Passivhaus logo

Hastoe is pleased to have secured funding from the government-backed Technology Strategy Board to monitor the ongoing environmental and energy environmental performance of its Wimbish Passivhaus development.

It was one of only five domestic projects to succeed in the second round of applications to the Building Performance Evaluation Competition, which is open until 2012. The funds will enable an in-depth study to take place over 30 months so that the performance of this type of construction can be shared.

Hastoe has been supported in the application by Build with CaRe, an international project helping mainstream low carbon construction in the EU.

Ulrike Maccariello, Development Manager, Hastoe said: “We are really pleased to have had support from Build with CaRe, who have been monitoring low energy homes in the East of England since 2009.
The innovative technologies at Wimbish have a lot to offer Hastoe and other associations who are committed to reducing living costs for residents and making a positive contribution to the climate change agenda. These funds will make it easier to share the true benefit of Passivhaus principles and promote low carbon construction in housing.”

Bruce Tofield, project manager for Build with CaRe at the University of East Anglia, said: “Hastoe’s initiative to build to Passivhaus standards leads the way towards low-carbon construction in the UK. The monitoring at Wimbish will demonstrate the benefits of Passivhaus for residents not just in terms of low energy bills but also in terms of better internal air quality and well-being. We are very pleased to have been able to help Hastoe with this successful bid.”

Hastoe will be supported in project execution by Martin Ingham of Linktreat Limited; supplementary occupant behaviour studies will be undertaken by University of East Anglia researchers.

The project, currently under construction, will be the first UK affordable rural housing development to achieve Passivhaus accreditation.

The fourteen houses near Saffron Walden, Essex are a result of a strong partnership between Hastoe, Wimbish Parish Council and Uttlesford District Council. All of the homes will be reserved for people with strong local connections to area.

More information about Wimbish Passivhaus project can be found at the dedicated site: www.wimbishpassivhaus.com

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For more information please contact Rebecca Beaumont at Hastoe, rbeaumont@hastoe.com  or call 020 8973 0437.

Notes to Editors
• The Technology Strategy Board is a business-led government body which works to create economic growth by ensuring that the UK is a global leader in innovation. Sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Technology Strategy Board brings together business, research and the public sector, supporting and accelerating the development of innovative products and services to meet market needs, tackle major societal challenges and help build the future economy.
• For further information about the Building Performance Evaluation competition for funding please visit: Building Performance Evaluation competition
• To see the press release announcing the first round of funding awards through the Building Performance Evaluation competition please visit: BPE press release 17 December 2010
• Build with CaRe is an international project with the ambition to help mainstream low-energy construction in the North Sea region and across the EU. Build with CaRe is partly funded by the Interreg North Sea IV B Programme, European Regional Development Fund. East of England partners in Build with CaRe are the University of East Anglia, West Suffolk College and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. Please visit www.buildwithcare.eu
• Linktreat Ltd provides strategic carbon management consultancy services to forward the low carbon agenda, predominantly in the built environment. This includes consultancy for Build with CaRe on barriers to low-carbon construction and on monitoring of low-energy buildings.
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